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Northeastern Minnesota lake declared infested with zebra mussels

FINLAND, Minn. -- An aluminum can encrusted with zebra mussels was found recently at Crooked Lake in Lake County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, indicating the foreign invader has apparently moved into another northeastern Minnesota lake.

The discovery was reported by biologists from the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa who retrieved the can while conducting fish surveying on the lake.

So far, follow-up searches using underwater cameras, sediment sample checks, plant rakes and walking surveys along the lake have not found any additional zebra mussels. But the DNR, Fond du Lac Band and U.S. Forest Service are assuming the worst, and are officially declaring the lake, near Finland, as an infested water.

Signs will be posted declaring the lake infested, requiring special rules and prohibiting the movement of any water, fish, weeds or bait out of the lake. The agencies also will be checking downstream waters, including Artlip Lake, Houghtailing Creek, Wanless Creek and the Cross River.

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